We have been overwhelmed with requests for compost since we re-opened in March. This is the busiest period fo the year but more compost than usual is being collected. We are awaiting SHDC who will turn the other compost heaps into the 2 bays which we normally use for extracting the compost. Those bays are currently completely empty and, unfortunately the big piles of compost beside these bays are still cooking and have temperatures around 60°C which is too hot. Once the compost is turned it may still take a while for the turned compost to cool down to – ideally – below 45°C.
Hence we need to alert visitors to the Marsh that compost collection is currently on hold. We also need much more green waste – usually grass clippings or anything with rather less wood than we are usually receiving. The shredding process doesn’t reduce all of the wood and we end up sieving out a veritable mountain of wood (and stones)!
“Although it is unlikely that the temperature of the compost pile has dropped sufficiently it is possible that a compost pile which has cooled sufficiently (below 45°C) might be sieved and bagged. The lead volunteer for each session will make that decision. However, given the challenges of working to monitor the flow of vehicles to the Marsh site and sieving and bagging the compost NO COMPOST can be collected until we have built up a sufficient number of bags of compost. We hope this will not take long but please check the SSB website if you only want to collect compost. This will be updated regularly. In addition, at the Village Shop a notice will go up to let you know when compost is available. Many thanks for your continued support for SSB’s Marsh Project, and for your patience.”